Sharpen your lead generation

A common theme for our Tribe Blue and Entrepreneur members is generating sales, especially in a tough economy.  The regular sales pipeline has dried up.  Cold calling and old school advertising don’t work.  Large scale marketing  is too expensive.

The solution is relationship marketing and lead generation to create a sales funnel and generate business. When you have a handle on the process and are ready to take it to the next step,  look at shrinking the sales funnel from contact to close.  Dissect your lead gen process to determine how you can make it more timely, direct, and personal.

Few businesses have the in-house resources of an interactive agency. But this example below is filled with techniques that you can use on your own with tools like WeMeUs Contact Management & Lead Generation that automate leads and personalize emails.

“As an interactive digital agency, we do much of our marketing through referrals, so one of the things we do is present at various conferences. I presented a session on e-mail marketing and word-of-mouth at a MarketingSherpa e-mail summit in Miami in March, and used ExactTarget’s text capture and triggered e-mail integration. I invited the audience to use their cell phones to text me to request a copy of my slide deck. More than 60% of the 120 people present took me up on the offer, and they received an immediate text confirmation in return that an e-mail would soon follow. The triggered e-mail went out thanking them for attending the session, and 78% responded to that to receive the PDF of my deck. The e-mail integration closed the gap, providing the next step with a pallet of choices that advanced the sales process. I went from a bunch of people in the audience just looking at me to having 78% self-identify as reasonably qualified sales prospects.”

—DAN HEIMBROCK, president-CEO, HyperDrive Interactive

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